Homeless camp outside Maine city hall starts to wind down
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Organizers of a protest camp of homeless people and their supporters outside City Hall in Maine’s largest city are winding the camp down.
Demonstrators calling for better services from the city have turned Portland City Hall’s steps and nearby sidewalks into a tent city for more than two weeks. One of the effort’s organizers, Jess Falero, started advising residents of the camp to transition to other places starting Thursday, the Portland Press Herald reported.
The city hasn’t put a deadline on when people have to vacate the space. Falero told the Press Herald the group is “putting a sort of pause on this so we can move forward intentionally.”
City Manager Jon Jennings sent a letter to Falero on Thursday that said “the city is hopeful that we can continue our recent collaboration to help unhoused individuals in Portland access the housing and services they need.”
The tent city attracted some 2,000 people at its height.